Tractatus quidam de Turcis.

[Rome:  Johannes Schurener, de Bopardia, ca. 1474-75]
4to.  [110 2-48].  [34] leaves.
ISTC it00501000;  Goff T501;  BMC IV 57;  BSB-Ink T-435.
Entered under title (following Bod-inc T-236 and BSB-Ink T-435); many authorities enter under Turci.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll  Hunterian By.3.11 (see main library entry for this item)
Note: Known in two variants. Variant A, of 42 leaves, collates [18 210 3-58];  variant B, of 35 leaves, collates [110+1 2-48].  Like the BMC copy, the Glasgow copy is variant B and lacks a preliminary quire of 8 leaves, with preface and summary of contents, described in Hain *15680 (and present in a  Bayerische Staatsbibliothek digitized copy).  See BMC’s description, which offers an explanation for the missing first quire (replaced in the BMC copy by a single-leaf summary, which is lacking in the Glasgow copy).  In the Glasgow copy six leaves from the first quire (1/3-8, beginning ‘in manus eor[um] cūcta regna ...’ and ending ‘... dicens in hunc modum.’) are misbound between 1/2 and 1/3 of the fourth item in the volume, De captione urbis Constantinopolitanae [Rome: Johannes Gensberg, c. 1474].
Bound with: The third of four incunabula bound together.   Bound with:  (1) Pius II, Pont. Max., De duobus amantibus Euryalo et Lucretia.  [Rome:  Johannes Gensberg, ca. 1474]  (2)  Pius II, Pont. Max., De curialium miseria.  [Rome:  Bartholomaeus Guldinbeck or Wendelinus de Wila, not after Aug.] 1475.  (4)  Pius II, Pont. Max., De captione urbis Constantinopolitanae.  [Rome:  Johannes Gensberg, ca. 1474].
Provenance: Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), Secretary to King Louis XV:  Gaignat sale, 1769;  lot 2231 in Guillaume de Bure, 'Bibliographie instructive:  supplément ... ou catalogue des livres de feu M. L.J. Gaignat', 2 vols (Paris:  1769).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist:  purchased by Hunter at the Gaignat sale through his agent, Jean-Baptiste Dessain, for 19 livres 2 sous;  see 'Dessain-Hunter correspondence' (University of Glasgow Library, MS Gen. 36, f. 25v).
University of Glasgow:  Hunterian bequest 1807;  Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “A.9.27”.
Binding: France, 18th-century blue morocco decorated with triple gold fillets, a small gold fleuron at each corner;  gold tooled spine;  marbled endpapers;  gilt-edged leaves;  pink silk bookmark.   Size:  206 x 141 mm.
Leaf size: 200 x 137 mm.
Annotations: Quires numbered in ink very faintly "10-12" in top outer corner of first recto.
Decoration: Four initials supplied in colour (the colour completely washed out) including a three-line initial “C” on 1/1r whose red pen-work decoration, however, has survived;  guide letters visible in brown ink.
Imperfections: See Note above.

 

Pen-work initial in Tractatus quidam de Turcis